Skilled migrants looking to move to Australia now have a new avenue to explore after it was announced that Queensland has opened its doors for skilled migration to Australia.
The Australian regional area will now accommodate skilled migration visa holders in 70 occupations. These occupations include aeroplane pilots, enrolled nurses, film and video editors, marine biologists, and ship engineers, among others.
This announcement comes after the five-year Far North Queensland Designated Area Migration Agreement (FNQ DAMA) became effective on September 12, 2019.
The FNQ DAMA ensures that applicants under the labour agreement stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) can obtain a skilled visa to Australia.
Under the DAMA framework, the TSS skilled visa is designed to facilitate the regional development of Australia – in this case, Queensland.
As a result, skilled individuals can now be nominated by businesses which are approved for a labour agreement with the Department of Home Affairs under the TSS visa program.
David Coleman, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, said that the Australian government remained committed to ensuring the growth of the local economy with the help of the immigration system.
He also added that there are around 60,000 vacancies in occupations included in the eligible Australian jobs list that can be filled with skilled migration visas.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch also hailed the FNQ DAMA for its potential to assist a range of industries and claimed that this initiative can help fill vacancies across many sectors.
In the first year of the FNQ DAMA, 200 places are available for skilled migration visa holders.
Successful skilled visa applicants will also be eligible for permanent residency, provided that they work in the regional areas in Australia for three years.
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